A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

SuzetMcKinneyPicDear IMD Partners and Friends:

Last month, our partners at UIC hosted a delegation of doctors from the Cuban Ministry of Health. The visit marked the launch of a new partnership aimed at improving health in under-resourced communities through improvements in community-based care. The initial visit focused on maternal and infant health and cancer screening and prevention.

Throughout the week, the delegation visited community clinics that are operated by our partners at Mile Square Health Center. The visit culminated in a panel discussion and community meeting here at the IMD offices, which included remarks from Senator Dick Durbin and Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice chancellor of community based practice at UI Health.

UI Health is one of the IMD’s anchor institutions, and we’re excited to be a partner in the Collaborative with the Cuban Ministry of Health. We are proud to say that this groundbreaking body of work occurred in the IMD, and I know that our colleagues in the healthcare system and the community will benefit greatly from this historic collaboration.

I’d like to thank our additional partners, community members and elected officials for participating in the various events during the delegation’s visit, and for your support as we work toward our vision for the future of the IMD as a world class urban health and medical epicenter.


Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  

CTA Station Closures


As construction to improve the IMD Blue Line stop continues, the Damen entrance to the IMD Blue Line station will be temporarily closed beginning at 9 AM, Monday, February 6 until mid-May. The three-month closure is part of a modernization initiative announced in August 2016. Crews at the station will be making improvements to the stationhouse exterior and interior as well as upgrades to the concourse.

The station will remain open throughout the entire construction project. During impacts, customers can access the station via the main entrance on Ogden Avenue or the additional auxiliary entrance on Paulina Avenue, which is now an ADA accessible entry.

Customers accessing the station from the #50 Damen route can transfer to the #7 Harrison (weekdays) or #126 Jackson (weekends and weekdays late evening) as an alternative that serves the accessible Paulina entrance.

The CTA will notify customers of additional entrance closures that will be required in the future in order to complete the project.

IMD Food Truck Festival

This Thursday, February 2, the IMD will host its second-ever Food Truck Festival. The event will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM at the IMD administrative offices, located at 2100 W. Harrison Street. Our four participating vendors are:



Happy Lobster

Courageous Bakery

Vendors will accept cash or credit. Indoor seating and refreshments will be provided for guests who wish to enjoy lunch onsite. For more information, contact Ryan Gage, IMD Director of Marketing and Communication.

Job Opportunity: UIC College of Nursing

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of nursing has a job opening for the position of Clinical Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science. From the posting:

"The program seeks dynamic individuals wishing to teach within the graduate entry and undergraduate nursing programs within the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science. We have a long and rich history of educating undergraduate and graduate nurse in Illinois and around the U.S. Our mission is to transform health, healthcare, and policy through knowledge generation and translation, and education of future leaders from diverse backgrounds."

For more information or to apply for the position, click here.

American Red Cross Great Chicago Blood Drive


Blood donations are critical during the beginning of the year, when holidays and winter weather have a significantly negative impact on donor numbers. On Monday, January 9, The Chicago Red Cross and ABC 7 hosted the Great Chicago Blood Drive.

The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook. In addition to helping save lives, guests were treated to entertainment by Medieval Times and received a Great Chicago Blood Drive t shirt. This year’s Great Chicago Blood Drive collected 684 units of blood!

IMD Partner Spotlight: IMD Guest House


The IMD Guest House is a non-profit organization that provides hospitality services to patients and families of patients who are receiving medical care in the District. Since October 2005, visitors at the IMD Guest House have enjoyed private apartment suites, complete with amenities such as laundry facilities, cable television and wifi access..

In 2016, the Guest House served an all-time high 650 patients, and provided financial assistance on more than 75% of the nights of service. In addition, 88 veterans participated in the Road Home program, a partnership with Rush University that serves veterans with PTSD. Volunteers are critical to the mission of the IMD Guest House. To learn more about volunteer services, or to apply to volunteer, click here.

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